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February 24, 1999

CUBA SIGNED HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION By Ricardo González Alfonso, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Consistent with my professional and human right to receive information and to divulge it with full freedom, I have decided to continue to perform as an independent journalist, with no limitations other than those established by social communications ethics.

The new so-called "Law for the Protection of the National Independence and the Economy of Cuba" is an instrument of coercion against the freedoms consecrated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which Cuba is a signatary, and which, therefore, the deputies from my country must observe rather than legislate against.

We the communicators freed from state control have been arrested, threatened and accused by different methods, and some of us are or have even been incarcerated or forced to go in exile. But never before have the authorities tried to banish us with such rage into the vegetable or inanimate animal kingdom. What else does the individual transforms into when unable to think and speak with freedom?

They accuse me of being "anexionista" (in favor of the annexation of Cuba to the United States). I am not. I do not want any foreign country to govern my homeland. That adjective befits better those who justify, defend or supply the privileges currently enjoyed by the foreigners who reside or visit in Cuba.

If I make use of the massive media of communication located within other national borders, it is because in our nation, which is for all and for the good of all, I am not allowed to. Spanish colonialism did not authorize José Martí to publish the newspaper "Patria" (homeland, motherland) in the Greater West Indies and that forced him to publish in the United States. And who, because of that, dares accuse the apostle of our independence of being an "anexionista?"

I am not a mercenary when I charge for my work of informing the public opinion, national and international. Such an allegation is an insult not only to those reporters free from the control of the Cuban government but to all our colleagues who all around the world receive a salary for exercising the journalism profession of risk and truthfulness.

The law approved by the National Assembly does not offer any alternative. Either I resign from my mission of truth or I get condemned through a belated inquisition that pretends to bring medieval darkness into the Third Millenium. I do not want prison. I love freedom. But if the destiny that is imposed to me is one of bars, I prefer to be behind them rather than to carry them inside me.

Ricardo González Alfonso, Cuba Free Press.

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